Ronaldo, the record breaker
A return to Manchester United It was once the highlight of Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer … until tonight. The iconic Portuguese forward rewrites his name in the history books, becoming the all-time top scorer in international men’s soccer.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes the international top scorer of all time! 🐐 pic.twitter.com/TWMTrzpBf9
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His 110th goal, which ultimately leads him to overtake iconic Iranian striker Ali Daei, takes him to a height that can never be equaled or surpassed in football, and 34 goals ahead of active duo Lionel Messi and Ali Mabkhout (both at 76), the only two other players in the top ten currently playing.
It was an effort typically spearheaded by the Funchal native, who rose higher in the center of the area before leading the tie to tie Portugal 1-1 with the Republic of Ireland in their World Cup tie and deliver another. . crucial moment; a habit throughout his entire career.
A race for all ages
The story told where Sir Alex Ferguson bought Ronaldo from Sporting CP after he alone decimated the Red Devils in a preseason friendly will always be debated, but few could have thought the pimple-faced young manager would have achieved eternity. lasting impact on soccer on a global scale that he has achieved.
It would take the Premier League by storm, offering one memorable moment after another; a showman worthy of the most glamorous theater on the football scene in England.
Unsurprisingly, perhaps, if there was any club he could have gone to other than United, it was Real Madrid. The biggest club in European soccer now possessed a player who would emerge amid a forever rivalry with Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, all the while writing his legend with the heels of his boots rather than a pen in hand.
Like his great rival Messi, Ronaldo has long ago reached sacred ground in the world of sport, not just football, alongside names like Pélé, Puskás, Müller, Maradona, Robinson, Jordan, James and Bryant .
Without a doubt, their greatest achievement would be helping Portugal earn their first major international honor at Euro2016 when they defeated host nation France in the final in Paris. That achievement has already inscribed him in the Portuguese tradition as the best footballer in the history of the nation, ahead of players like Eusebio, Luís Figo, Rui Costa and Ricardo Carvalho.
Since his book is yet to be closed, his final chapter has surely started in the same place where his journey really began. Regardless of your opinion on who is the greatest player of all time, there is no argument that can be imposed to deny that Ronaldo is in the conversation. Soccer wouldn’t be the same without him.